Date Published: 30-May-2011
Cork City 3
Mervue United 0
Three first half Cork City goals disposed of an under-strength Mervue United at Turner’s Cross on Thursday night as the home side maintained their push for First Division honours this season.
Mervue manager Johnny Glynn is a firm fans’ favourite on Leeside as a result of his spell with the club as a player in the mid 1990s, but he won’t have enjoyed his trip south, having been sent to the stands in the final minute after a row with City boss Tommy Dunne, and having served a four-game ban at the start of the season, Glynn faces an anxious wait to see what level of punishment the FAI decide to upon as a result of his dismissal.
Mervue goalkeeper Eoin Martin, who started his first League of Ireland game since November 2009 after suffering a horrific arm-break, had a night to forget as Graham Cummins, Davin O’Neill and Gearoid Morrissey all netted for Tommy Dunne’s promotion hopefuls.
The game was brought forward to 6.30pm as a result of problems with the floodlights at Turners Cross, and to add to the inconvenience of a Thursday night away fixture, a mixture of work and exam commitments meant that regular starters Jason Molloy, Peter Dravins, Mike Tierney, and Eric Browne missed the trip south; while Nicky Curran and goalkeeper Ger Hanley both missed out through injury.
After a bright start from Mervue where they looked comfortable in the southern sunshine, Rory Gaffney and David Goldbey had early efforts comfortably saved by Mark McNulty in the Cork goal.
But on a swift attack after just seven minutes, Gearoid Morrissey’s cross from the left flank fell to Graham Cummins. His first effort was heroically blocked by James Casserly, but the rebound fell kindly for Cummins who made no mistake at his second bite of the cherry.
In the 20 minutes that followed, Cork barely had a glimpse at goal as Mervue battled to find a leveller as John Mountney and Rory Gaffney saw long range drives sail wide of the mark.
But suddenly seven minutes before the break a killer blow was inflicted by Cork, when Davin O’Neill drifted inside the box and his shot was fumbled by Martin and bobbled into the net.
Rubbing salt in Mervue’s wounds, Cork added a third five minutes later when again Cork broke on the left and Danny Murphy found Morrissey unmarked at the back post, and he had time to take a touch and poke home from close range.
In the second half the hosts stepped down a gear but to their credit Mervue battled to salvage something, and almost forced a goal 10 minutes in when Noel Varley’s strong drive from the edge of the dangerzone took a wicked deflection and almost spun into McNulty’s net.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.